Microsoft launches Office 2016
The Redmond giant began the worldwide release of Microsoft Office 2016 earlier today, also announcing new and improved Office 365 services for teams. According to Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, "The way people work has changed dramatically, and that is why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world." He also said that Office is now one step closer to turning "from a familiar set of individual productivity apps to a connected set of apps and services designed for modern working, collaboration and teamwork."
Microsoft Office 2016 has the following highlights:
- Skype in-app integration
- Co-authoring in Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint
- Office 365 Groups are now integrated in Outlook 2016
- Outlook 2016 offers "the smartest inbox yet, with lightning-fast search and automatic removal of low-priority mail"
- Excel 2016 features publishing to Power BI and new chart types
- Multifactor authentication
- Data loss prevention for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
- Enterprise data protection for the Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 (later this year)
In addition to the above, OneDrive for Business updates are expected to arrive later this month, including a new Windows and Mac client. A preview of Office 365 Planner will reach Office 365 First Release customers next quarter.
Office 2016 can be purchased starting today for PCs and Macs while Office 365 subscribers can download the new apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will hit consumer and small-business subscribers next month while commercial customers will get them in early 2016. The apps require Windows 7 or later and are available in 40 languages.